Although the Reviving Hope cancer outreach program in the Independence School District is just getting off the ground, the response has already been overwhelming.

Although the Reviving Hope cancer outreach program in the Independence School District is just getting off the ground, the response has already been overwhelming.

“Approximately 600 individuals have used the district insurance for cancer treatment or testing for a possible cancer concern. The 600 make up employees or employee family members included on the district insurance,” said Elizabeth Streich, one of the co-chairs for the program. “That is a significant amount.”

Reviving Hope focuses on helping employees and families in the Independence School District facing cancer.

The program is designed to serve as a way for individuals to gather and retain information, become informed about the options available and to focus on ultimately getting well.

Streich, who along with her husband have both faced cancer, said through Reviving Hope, resources will be available to those on the district’s health insurance plan regarding nutritional, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as the process that must be taken to navigate through the financial issues of cancer treatment.

Volunteers are another component to the program. These individuals will be used to help families dealing with cancer by cleaning the house, doing simple chores such as yard work, leading discussion groups, providing transportation or participating in individual and family counseling.

“Each church has committed to volunteer efforts in some capacity throughout the year,” she said. “Chick-fil-A has partnered with meals for volunteers, and we look forward to teaming with the YMCA and their new Livestrong Cancer fitness program. We would invite other churches, organization, and or businesses to join this extremely fulfilling outreach.”

The cancer outreach program is being housed at the Reviving Hope Mansion, 2025 Jackson Drive. It will not only serve as the program’s headquarters, but will also be a “home-away-from home,” for family who live out of town coming to support their loved ones.

The home has three bedrooms with a shared bath, kitchen and children’s play area. Individuals can stay for as short as a couple of days or as long as a couple of weeks.

The house is owned by the Independence School District, and donations from supporters help to fund the program.

For more information about the program or to volunteer, visit the district’s website at www.ourindependenceschools.org.